Originally Posted by pogopossum
The last two hotels I visited, Knoxville and Long Beach were a throwback to the 1980's.
I stayed at the Long Beach Marriott in 2008. The hotel was in the middle of a massive renovation. Our room looked brand new, but the Concierge Lounge was closed for construction. I'm surprised that the Long Beach Marriott now appears to be a "throwback to the 1980's."
I've not had much luck finding renovation details on the "fact sheet" page, but I've had good luck seeing renovation details by clicking on the "room details" page when looking at room rates.
Here's what it currently says for the Long Beach Marriott:
This hotel has a smoke-free policy
Hotel was built in 1987
Rooms were renovated in 2009
I suppose the renovation may not have been fully completed until 2009.
One problem with any hotel's renovation date is that it doesn't tell you how thorough the renovation was or how well the property is maintained year after year. In some ways, ongoing maintenance, keeping a property in good shape, and refreshing soft goods and electronics as needed are more important factors than when the hotel was last invaded by an army of contractors in hard hats.